THUA THIEN-HUE, 27 April 2017: More than 50 public organisations, restaurants and cafés in Hue are offering “Free WC” services for local residents and tourists.
Local media reported the Hue administration and provincial departments of investment and culture have also opened toilets in their buildings for free public use.
The province’s tourism department director, Phan Thien Dinh, was quoted saying the call for free restrooms has been enthusiastically supported by local residents. Read more
BANGKOK, 26 April 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights connecting Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Danang in Vietnam this June.
The airline confirmed it will start a daily flight to Danang that will help to open up destinations in central Vietnam to tourists using Bangkok as their gateway destination. Read more
HANOI, 26 April 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism says the government’s 2020 master plan for tourism development aims to develop seven key tourism zones, of which five are sea-island related zones, reflecting the importance of marine, coastal and island tourism.
Local media quoted VNAT deputy general director, Ngo Hoai Chung, saying sea and island tourism has drawn a large number of foreign and domestic investors, accounting for 70% of the sector’s total investment.
Beyond tourism revenue, sea and island tourism contributes to the country’s socio-economic development while consolidating national defense and security. Read more
HANOI, 25 April 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism plans to improve the quality of travel operations, tour guides and tourist destinations to make the country more competitive.
Local media quoted VNAT’s deputy general director, Ngo Hoai Chung, saying the country’s tourism sector is enjoying a boom, but development faces challenges in managing travel operations, tour guides and tourist sites.
“This year, the sector will focus on enhancing management of travel operations and tour guides across the country.” Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 25 April 2017: Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has submitted a detailed proposal to the Ministry of Transport to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport by 2020.
Local media reported it estimates the cost of newly building and upgrading the runway, terminals and transport systems around the airport will cost around VND19.3 trillion (USD850 million).
With demand growing by 15% a year, the airport will need to handle 50 to 60 million passengers by 2025, when Long Thanh International Airport in neighbouring Dong Nai province is expected to be inaugurated. Read more
QUANG NINH, 24 April 2017: Quang Ninh, one of Vietnam’s most popular provinces for tourism, will crack down on shops that sell souvenirs at exorbitant prices and tour companies that fleece tourists with sub-standard and expensive tours.
Local media quoted the province’s Party Committee secretary, Nguyen Van Doc, saying strict punishment would be imposed on tourist shops and companies that violate the state management regulations on commercial activities.
“The province wants to create favourable conditions for companies to welcome international visitors, including Chinese tourists…Quang Ninh will not tolerate operators who are involved in unfair business activities or fraud.” Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 April 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee in District 5 says ‘jewelry streets’ are scheduled to open 27 April in a move to make the city more attractive to international visitors.
Tuoi Tre News quoted the District 5 People’s Committee’s office head, Nguyen Vo Xuan Ky, saying authorities in District 5 have pledged to establish specialised streets selling various products such as gems, handicrafts and art.
Nhieu Tam Street will be the centre of an exclusive zone while Nghia Thuc and Bui Huu Nghia Streets will also be part of the area. Read more
HANOI, 21 April 2017: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam reports more than 7,050 flights operated by airlines in Vietnam missed their scheduled departures, January to mid-March.
Local media quoted the CAAV saying four Vietnamese carriers offered a combined total of 55,251 flights between 1 January and 15 March, with 7,059 of them delayed and 337 cancelled.
Jetstar Pacific topped the country’s list of airlines with the highest number of delayed and cancelled services. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 April 2017: Destination Asia Vietnam recently hosted a series of hosted high-end retail travel agent trips from the US following a growing interest in the market for luxury itineraries featuring Vietnam.
For many of the travel agents it was their first visit to Vietnam and Destination Asia wanted to show them authentic travel experiences using local knowledge.
The groups visited a variety of destinations including, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An in central Vietnam and the capital Hanoi. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 20 April 2017: To handle a shortfall foreign language tour guides, Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism will relax requirements to obtain accreditation cards.
Saigon Times media reported the city’s tourism department has recommended that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism reduce and ease requirements to allow those holding vocational college degrees to apply for accreditation cards.
The current rules compel tour guides to graduate with a university degree in tourism to step right into a guiding job. Read more